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Issue #168 - August 12, 2007
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Greetings from
of New England!

In this issue...
Essay: Rangeley, the Real Maine
Travel: Teeing off in Maine
Recipe: Sauteed Milkweed Pods

Mark Your Calendars:
ME: Folk Festival
NH: Moose Festival
VT: Wheels & Deals

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"Three can keep a secret...if two of them are dead."

New England proverb
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Notes from the Heart...

Do you have milkweed in your yard? Well, what are you waiting for
-- get out out your frying pan!  Milkweed is, well, a
weed, but
did you know it can be cooked up into a delicious side dish?
Our food columnist, Charlie Burke has been busy this week foraging
these unsung delicacies from his New Hampshire farm fields to
bring you the recipe:
Sautéed Milkweed Pods, a Surprising
Foraged Vegetable.   ~ M  (for more recipes, visit our recipe archive)

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offered in June.  My family and I gathered at my son's house Friday evening
and truly enjoyed every ounce!  Even my 8-year-old granddaughter, a West
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food.  She even begged extra stuffed clam from her Dad and me! The FedEx
delivery was handled perfectly and everything arrived in great condition.  It
was so generous of you and Sagamore Lobster to offer this prize and I am
delighted to have won. Your generosity created a very special evening for my
family and me, and I appreciate it more than I can say.  Thank you again!"
(Lorrie Hamblin of California, who won the Clam Bake prize in June)

~ ~ ~

"I currently live in Georgia, but I consider my home to be New Hampshire. My
husband  & I lived there for only 3 years but moved back to GA to be close to
my 80 year old Mom... I often tell my friends I am a 'born again Yankee' because
I LOVE New England!"
(A reader from Georgia)

Thanks for your letters, folks!  Keep 'em coming :)  Send your comments to ~ Marcia

This Week's Travel Stories

Rangeley, Maine...The Real Maine
Mention the Pine Tree State and most people picture the craggy coastline and
oceanfront towns.  And there is  much to say for all of that. But for me, the
“real” Maine lies elsewhere, in places like the picture book town of Rangeley.  
That village of 1,200 residents truly captures the quaint nostalgia of a Norman
Rockwell painting.
Read on...

Teeing Off...In Maine
For golfers who like variety, scenic locations, and challenging new courses,
Maine is the place to tee it up. More than 100 courses are open to the public,
and offer mountain, lake, and oceanfront layouts.  
Read on...

Click here for more travel stories about Maine

Mark Your Calendars:

August 24-26, 2007
American Folk Festival
Bangor, Maine

Experience the American Folk Festival with traditional performers from
across the country who will continue to celebrate the richness and variety of
American culture in this free, 3-day, multi-stage event. For more information

~ ~ ~

New Hampshire:
August 24, 25, 26, 2007
Annual North Country Moose Festival
Colebrook, NH

Held throughout communities of Colebrook, Columbia and Pittsburg, NH.
Come to the North Country to enjoy a unique celebration of the majestic moose!
The day includes entertainment by a live band, a quilt show, an art exhibit,
crafts, family  entertainment, classic auto parade, chicken barbecue, Tae Kwon
Do  demonstrations, hot air balloon rides and a guided moose tour through
Dixville  Notch. Guided moose tours through Pittsburg's famous Moose Alley
will  provide visitors with a good chance at spotting this fascinating denizen of
the Great North Woods.  For more info visit:
Moose Festival.

~ ~ ~

August 17-19, 2007
Wheels & Deals (Car Show & Sidewalk Sale)
Woodstock, VT

Woodstock’s stores will spill out onto the sidewalks during Sidewalk Sale Days
from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 with discounts of up to 70 percent on
clothing, collectibles and more. Austin Healys, Aston Martins and more will
grandstand on the Woodstock Green during a British Car Show Aug. 18.   And
there's more: There’s a double-header on the 19th with a free open house at the
only national park in Vermont, the Marsh, Billings Rockefeller National
Historical Park (historic home, gardens and carriage trails on 500 acres) and  
Antique Tractor Day at the Billings Farm & Museum, a circa 1900s working
farm and museum. For lodging information in the greater Woodstock, VT
region please see

For  more Northern New England events this season visit:
Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events

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